Salon sunbeds set four times above safety limit: Watchdogs found 70 per cent broke the rules to offer a quicker tan Tanning salons are setting sunbeds dangerously high for instant resultsIn Newcastle, only 16 per cent of sunbeds complied with safety regulations'We are talking about skin cancer – not a bit of sunburn' an investigator said By Eleanor Harding PUBLISHED: 02:18 GMT, 30 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:18 GMT, 30 March 2013 Tanning salons are routinely flouting regulations designed to protect customers against skin cancer, an investigation reveals.
HMRC accused of missing its target 'by a mile' in attempted crackdown on tax credit fraud and error 2.27billion lost in 2010/11 due to tax credit fraud and error despite efforts to curb lossesTax bosses had hoped to reduce losses by 1.4billion But they only cut 500million as a fifth of cases resulted in overpayment Margaret Hodge said that senior officials needed to 'get a grip' and resolve 'deeply worrying' issues By Mario Ledwith PUBLISHED: 01:36 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:07 GMT, 14 February 2013 A HMRC crackdown on tax credit fraud and error missed its target 'by a mile', as tax bosses failed to stop losses of more than 850 million. Despite instigating a plan to tackle inefficiencies, error was still rife in the taxation system throughout 2010/11 as 2.27 billion was lost. Watchdogs criticised the failed approach, demanding that tax bosses 'get a grip' and saying that the money could have been spent on 'schools and hospitals'.
In the red: Ministers serve up 1,000 bottles of Bordeaux from the government wine cellar (plus champagne, brandy and gin)… and guess who foots the 55,000 bill Whitehall functions enjoy 5,000 bottles of wine and spirits in the last yearBill includes a 1906 bottle of Hine Grande Fine brandy worth 1,472Critics say officials should opt for 'modestly' priced drinks By Gerri Peev PUBLISHED: 18:15 GMT, 7 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:48 GMT, 7 February 2013 GUests at Whitehall functions enjoyed 1,000 bottles of Chateau Margaux 1982, an older vintage than the bottle pictured Bottles of vintage wine worth more than 1,100 each have been quaffed at government parties at taxpayers' expense. Guests at official Whitehall functions were treated to 23 bottles of a 1982 vintage Chateau Margaux Bordeaux, which sells for up to 1,100 a bottle.
Gambling game The Health Lottery banned from running adverts that made 'irresponsible promises of financial security to boost sales' | UPDATED: 07:50 GMT, 19 December 2012 Watchdogs have found the Health Lottery guilty of making irresponsible promises of financial security to boost sales Advertisements promoting the gambling game suggested a winner could pay off their home loan, effectively ending their money troubles. However, the Gambling Reform & Society Perception Group (GRASP) said it was wrong to promote a lottery on the basis it was a way to clear debts. The Health Lottery has been banned from running this advert because it suggested a winner could pay off their home loan, effectively ending their money troubles, according to a ruling by the advertising watchdog Its complaint has been upheld in a ruling published by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) today, which has banned the organisation from running the advert again
Army doctor found guilty of dishonest conduct over the death of Baha Mousa after failing to spot dying Iraqi detainee's 93 injuriesBaha Mousa suffered 93 injuries following beating by British soldiersDoctor Derek Keilloh maintained he did not see victim’s broken ribs and other injuriesMedic was just 28 at time of incident and had only been in job eight weeksHe was today found guilty of misleading and dishonest conduct | UPDATED: 10:11 GMT, 17 December 2012 A former Army doctor failed to protect Iraqi detainees and acted dishonestly after the death of a prisoner, medical watchdogs ruled yesterday. Baha Mousa, 26, a hotel night receptionist who had been arrested by British soldiers in Basra, suffered 93 injuries while in custody
Fake No, Holly’s teeth really are this white: Toothpaste advert cleared of using TV trickery | UPDATED: 12:10 GMT, 5 December 2012 She is known to daytime TV viewers for her perfect smile and gleaming teeth. But when Holly Willoughby appeared in a commercial for toothpaste, some viewers asked if her dazzling grin was the result of TV fakery
Gagged, judge who dared to stick up for marriage: Watchdog rebukes him over involvement in campaign | UPDATED: 22:43 GMT, 4 December 2012 Sir Paul Coleridge is listed as 'founder and chairman' of the Marriage Foundation think-tank A judge was ordered to keep a ‘lower profile’ yesterday – after he spoke out in favour of marriage. Judicial watchdogs rebuked High Court family law judge Sir Paul Coleridge following protests about his involvement in a campaign to make marriage ‘the gold standard of relationships’.
Thousands of robbers and rapists let off with cautions, despite guidelines that they should only be given for minor offences | UPDATED: 04:26 GMT, 2 December 2012 More than half a million criminals have been let off with warnings for serious offences including rape, burglary and arson. Official figures revealing the full scale of the problem show more than 400 sex offenders who admitted rape or attempted rape over the past 15 years walked free after being given a caution by police.
Anger as Ryanair finally scrap unlawful 6 debit card fee… and introduce a blanket 6 'website admin fee' PLUS 2% credit card charge on the same day Ryanair will bring in a new 2 per cent credit card processing fee tomorrowNo-frills airline will also introduce an across the board 6 admin fee to cover 'website costs'In July company was told by Office of Fair Trading it could not charge a fee to debit card customersFlight bosses blame the new charges on the OFT – a claim the watchdog denies | UPDATED: 18:35 GMT, 29 November 2012 Budget airline Ryanair has imposed a new blanket 6 a head ‘website administration fee’ on its customers – plus a 2 per cent booking fee on those who pay by credit card
Cash-strapped commuters face ANOTHER fare increase: Ticket prices to rise by inflation-busting 6% in New Year New figures from train watchdogs revealed today Regulated fares will rise by an average of 4.2 per centThe rise could have been more if not for government intervention to limit regulated fare risesDetails of all fare rises expected in coming days | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 28 November 2012 Cash-strapped season ticket rail commuters face ‘painful’ inflation-busting fare rises of nearly 6 per cent in January, new figures from train watchdogs revealed today. An annual ticket from Canterbury in Kent to London will be going up from 4,588 to 4,860 – a 5.9 per cent rise, according to figures from rail customer watchdog Passenger Focus